Artist thinks 'science' and 'tech' with varied works
Though artist Luke Jerram's most widely known artwork is perhaps "Play Me, I'm Yours" -- a piece that temporarily distributes actual full-size pianos on the streets of major cities for anyone to play -- his body of work displays a particular fascination with science and technology.
One of his sculptures, for example, is derived from the seismogram of the 2011 Japan earthquake. Others are based on data as well: charts of the fluctuations of the New York Stock Exchange and the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Still other pieces reference microbiology, optics, and the history of sound recording.
He's even created chandeliers out of that geekiest of objects: the Crookes radiometer (or "light mill") -- the little "lightbulb" with the spinning "windmill" inside that we all coveted in the science museum's gift shop when we kids.
"Scientists and artists start by asking similar questions about the natural world. They just end up with completely different answers," the U.K.-based Jerram told Seed magazine recently. "The nice thing about being an artist is that I can jump around from one area of interest to [another] -- microbiology one week and the gravitational pull of the moon the next. Scientists don't seem to be allowed to do that anymore."
Here's a look at some of Jerram's work, which has been featured in exhibitions associated with the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Venice Biennale in Italy.
The image above shows the artist's "Tohoku Japanese Earthquake Sculpture," the aforementioned piece based on the seismogram. Jerram rotated the seismogram using a computer-aided design system and then created the sculpture with a 3D printer. The piece is a foot long and 8 inches wide. He's also created a glass version of the piece that will be displayed at a gallery show in New York next month.
May 18, 2012 10:41 AM PDT
Photo by: Luke Jerram
| Caption by: Edward Moyer
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